1 Now it came to pass a when the king was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in b a house of cedar, c but the ark of God dwells inside tent d curtains." 3 Then Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in your e heart, for the LORD is with you."
4 But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5 "Go and tell My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD: f "Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? 6 "For I have not dwelt in a house g since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in h a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 "Wherever I have i moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded j to shepherd My people Israel, saying, 'Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?' " ' 8 "Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: k "I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. 9 "And l I have been with you wherever you have gone, m and have 1 cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth. 10 "Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will n plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; o nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously, 11 p "since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD 2 tells you q that He will make you a 3 house. 12 r "When your days are fulfilled and you s rest with your fathers, t I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 u "He shall build a house for My name, and I will v establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 w "I will be his Father, and he shall be x My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the 4 blows of the sons of men. 15 "But My mercy shall not depart from him, y as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 "And z your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before 5 you. Your throne shall be established forever." ' " 17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.